BSTE402 – Materials and Structural Principles

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Module code
Module title
Materials and Structural Principles
To enable the student to develop the critical knowledge, skills and understanding of structural principles and evaluate the properties of materials and finishes and their application to construction projects.
  • EN1601
  • EN1602
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
May include, but not limited to, an appropriate selection from the following topics: Characteristics, properties and performance: identification of characteristics and physical properties, environmental factors and potential hazards; and evaluation of performance relating to function.
Selection and compatibility: identification and evaluation of compatible elements and environmental impact. Choice of materials and finishes is in accordance with design, function and construction methods.
Structural principles and loadings: characteristics and effects of loads, bracing and reinforcing of various building materials. Evaluation of element failure.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Learning activities for topics may typically include practical/workshop, case studies, lectures, tutorials, field trips, group work, visiting specialists, computer simulations, web technologies, projects and self-directed learning.
Assessment Criteria
A portfolio is a compilation of evidence presented by the student in ways that demonstrate their acquired knowledge, competencies and capabilities. The contents of students' portfolios may include evidence of achievement from assignments, projects, tests, formative assessments, and peer assessments, self and group assessments. Portfolio of Evidence100
Learning and Teaching Resource
Access to NZ materials and product data
Product samples
Learning Outcomes
Identify and evaluate the characteristics, properties and performance of materials and finishes as applied to construction projects
Select materials and finishes to construction projects based on their suitability and compatibility
Demonstrate an understanding of structural principles and loading of building elements and how these apply to construction projects